Sunset magazine recently published an article about Paso Robles, saying: "Paso Robles has become one of California's most exciting wine regions. Ten years ago, there were perhaps 35 wineries here. Today there are more than 200. And the wines they make are garnering increasing acclaim."
Paso has been a tourist destination since California's early days, but since our first visit a few years ago, we find it's just getting better and better. In fact, we find ourselves timing trips between San Jose and Los Angeles just to be in Paso at meal time to visit one of our favorite restaurants: Thomas Hill Organics or Artisan. And there's more than excellent winery Vina Robles, the only Paso area winery that we keep going back to - and buying their wines to take home every time.
The area's biggest food and wine event, SAVOR the Central Coast is coming up in October, so now's a good time to think about going, but don't wait too long. All this goodness is attracting more visitors and local hotels are often filled up weeks in advance. For a great place to stay right in the middle of town, try Hotel Cheval.